There are two 2/4th Machine Gunner’s names included on the Manjimup WW2 Memorial.
Two young boys who migrated to Western Australia with their families and took up land under Government’s Group Settlement Scheme – enlisted as young men, fought together and died together 12 Feb 1942.
WX11584 CASE, William Cecil b 1915 London, England.
Enlisted AIF 9 Apr 1941, later joined 2/4th’s ‘C’ Company. He was KIA at Hill 200, Ulu Pandan 12 Feb 1942 His body was not recovered until 21 Dec 1942 when Japanese finally allowed 2/4th a search Party to look for our men. Many bodies were recovered and buried nearby. They were later moved to Kranji War Cemetery.
Bill Case came to WA in 1923 with his family from England. His parents William and Susan Case took up Group Settlement Farm 150 at Northcliffe. Later they moved to 100. Farming at Northcliffe proved to be especially challenging under this scheme. Bill was working at Manjimup for several years as a farmhand in the tobacco industry prior to enlisting. He was 27 years old when he died.
WX15829 RADBURN, Harold b 1919 Worcestershire, England enlisted AIF Aug 1941. He later joined 2/4th’s ‘A’ Coy, and like Case travelled with the Battalion to SA and NT for training before sailing for Singapore.
Harold aged 22 years was KIA Hill 200, Ulu Padan, Singapore 12 Feb 1942. Please read further about Ulu Padan.
Harold came to WA with his family in 1923. They took up land with the Government Group Settlement Scheme at Manjimup.
Harold’s brother Ernest is recorded in the list below as well as Frank, sister Dorothy and father Charles. All returned home safely at the end of the war except Harold. Ernest Radburn who had recently married, tragically died 1946 in a motor cycle accident.
Familiar names of 2/4th Machine Gunners of the above list include:
WX6173. MORRIS, Owen (known affectionately as Romeo)